Dr. LaPlante earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and Doctor of Pharmacy and post-doctoral fellowship in infectious diseases/pharmacotherapy at the Anti-infective Research Laboratory, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is currently a tenured Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Research Program and Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence Rhode Island.
Dr. LaPlante’s clinical, educational and research interests are focused on effective and safe therapy for antibiotic resistant pathogens and, on the impact that stewardship has on the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Dr. LaPlante directs an active in vitro research program (BSL-2) that explores pharmacodynamic dosing indexes of combination therapy to optimize activity and suppress bacterial resistance. She also aims to understand the role of drug therapy on bacterial virulence factors such as toxin and biofilm formation. Her clinical research is focused on implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in acute care, geriatric, and long-term care populations across the Veterans Health Administration.
She is the president-elect of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), vice-chairperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health Antimicrobial Stewardship and Environmental Cleaning Task Force, and serves as technical expert for the Joint Commissions Leading Practices in Antimicrobial Stewardship panel. Dr. LaPlante has authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and letters at several journals including; Clinical Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Lancet ID. She is also the lead editor of a book titled “Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles and Practices” which is available on Amazon. When she is not working, LaPlante can be found cooking, and entertaining friends at her home in Rhode Island with her husband and two children